About Us

Board and Management

Mike Smith
Director, Tasmanian Gas Pipeline

Mike Smith

Mike has over 30 years of senior management and leadership experience gained in a wide variety of industries including power generation, energy retail and trading, mining, construction and manufacturing. He has also operated a successful independent business consultancy, specialising in business performance improvement and culture change.

Having qualified with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in the UK, Mike’s career has spanned 3 continents and incorporated a diversity of senior roles in general management, commercial and financial management, project development and management, business development, business consultancy and non-executive board membership.

In Australia, Mike was Production Director and subsequently CEO of Yallourn Energy (now part of Energy Australia), CEO of Exergen Pty Ltd (a resource and technology development company) and General Manager of Thiess John Holland’s Precast Concrete Manufacturing Facility (Melbourne’s Eastlink toll road project).

Mike is also currently the non-executive Chairman of Federation Training, a Victorian Government owned training and education institution.

Vicki Rigg
Director, Tasmanian Gas Pipeline

Vicki Rigg

Vicki joined Palisade in 2008 from Perpetual Investments. Vicki is a member of Palisade's Board of Directors. Her key responsibility is the acquisition and management of social infrastructure assets, including for Palisade's Australian Social Infrastructure Fund.  Vicki also assists with structuring and governance of Palisade's investments generally and is a director on the board of a number of Palisade's investee companies.  

Vicki has over 15 years' experience in the infrastructure sector. Prior to joining Perpetual in 2007, she worked for 10 years in the project finance teams of Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons) in Sydney and Linklaters in London and Hong Kong.  Vicki has worked for sponsors and financiers in relation to the development, acquisition and financing of infrastructure projects in Australia, Asia, India and the UK across a broad range of sectors including PPPs, roads, airports, pipelines, renewable energy, power and gas.

Vicki is admitted as a Solicitor in both NSW and England & Wales and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Law) / Master of Arts (Law) from St Catharine’s College, Cambridge University.

Andrew George
Director, Tasmanian Gas Pipeline

Andrew George

Andrew joined the TGP Board in September 2015.  He holds extensive experience across nearly 20 years in Australia’s energy market and related financial sector.

Andrew has managed a Brisbane-based consultancy practice within the Australian energy sector since 2006, covering a broad range of issues in gas, electricity, renewable energy, and assisting with major energy market M&A transactions.

Prior to consulting, Andrew was a senior executive with energy business Alinta Limited, based in Perth from 2001 to 2005.  Andrew’s 25 years of professional experience has also included roles with Santos, Infigen, PwC, and within the Queensland Government-owned electricity sector.

Andrew is a Chartered Accountant, holds a Bachelor of Commerce and post-graduate qualifications in Marketing, and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Lindsay Ward
CEO, Tasmanian Gas Pipeline

Lindsay Ward

Lindsay has over 25 years in front line business leadership experience in a broad range of industries, including power generation, gas transmission, ports management, rail haulage, mining, exploration, mineral processing, transport and logistics at General Manager, CEO and MD level.

Previously, Lindsay was General Manager Patrick Ports and Pacific National Bulk Rail and had responsibility for 6 regional ports businesses as well as Pacific National's grain and industrial rail business. Prior to this Lindsay was the General Manger Production – Yallourn Energy (now Energy Australia) with accountability for an integrated, base load 1450MW power station and brown coal mine that produced 22% of Victoria’s power needs.

Previously Lindsay had a variety of mine engineering, supervisory and management roles with Western Mining Corporation, Westralian Sands (now Iluka resources), BHP Billiton and Camberwell Coal.

Lindsay is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Graduate Diploma of Business Management, a Bachelor of Applied Science, and a Diploma of Mining. Lindsay is an experienced Director of both listed and unlisted companies in the Ports, Bulk Handling, Power, Infrastructure and Resources industries.

John Delicato
General Manager Power & Pipelines, Tasmanian Gas Pipeline

John Delicato

John has over 25 years in front line business leadership experience in a broad range of industries including construction, power generation, coal, gas projects, pulp/paper at various levels of management.

John previously worked for Thiess/Silcar as Operations Manager for the Power Generation business managing Operations and Maintenance for Assets both in Australia and overseas. These included coal fired power stations, open cut coal mine, gas turbines and diesel fired power stations. Previously John worked for Energy Australia in the area of Operations and was heavily involved in the development of construction projects, asset acquisitions in NSW and leading the subsequent integration programs.

John has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and is an experienced Senior Manager in the Energy, Manufacturing and Infrastructure sectors.

Darren Giri
Commercial Manager

Darren Giri

Darren has over 15 years’ experience in energy project development and commercial management both internationally and in Australia.

Darren spent eight years based in London working for companies such as BP where he was responsible for the development of gas-fired and renewable energy projects and UPM Kymmene where he headed up their European Biomass Business.  In Australia he was part of the ERM Power team that developed the Braemar and Kwinana gas-fired power plants.  He was responsible for the commercial management of TXU’s (now Energy Australia) gas trading portfolio including the underground gas storage facility at Port Campbell.

Most recently he has been working with AGL Wholesale Gas, where he was responsible for the commercial management of customers on the North Queensland Gas Pipeline. 

Darren is responsible for driving the commercial performance of the Tasmanian Gas Pipeline including managing existing customer relationships and developing new sources of revenue.

Wacek Lipski
Engineering Manager

Wacek Lipski

Wacek has recently joined Palisade Asset Management as the Engineering Manager with overall responsibility for engineering across all assets operated by Palisade.

Wacek has over 16 year’s experience in the energy industry across a diverse range of geographical areas including Europe, Asia and Oceania. Wacek has held positions in both small and large consultancies, assisting operators with broad ranging operational and integrity issues, as well as 6 years working directly for a construction contractor.

For the past 9 years, Wacek has held a range of leadership positions covering Technical, General and Technology Management. He has experience in commercial areas including cost estimating, budget planning and business case development and has a strong technical and commercial knowledge across the energy industry.

Wacek has a bachelor of  Engineering (Mechanical, Hons.) and is currently completing a Master of Business Administration (Executive) .